• 38th Annual GAPNA Conference

    October 3-5, 2019 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.

    Focused education; lasting connections, networking, free access to the GAPNA Online Library.

    Earn up to 21 contact hours (including pre-conference workshops).

    Get more information and register now!

  • 2019 Senior Report Senior Report: Older Americans have more options for home care, but still struggling.

    The United Health Foundation has released results of a sweeping new study benchmarking the health of older adults. The America's Health Rankings® Senior Report was created in partnership with GAPNA to improve the health of America's seniors.

    The data will help advanced practice nurses and other providers deliver quality care.

    Find out about it!

  • AwardNew for GAPNA members: MCM Education

    GAPNA has partnered with a MCM Education to offer an ongoing series of CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Diagnosing and Managing Parkinson’s Disease in Older Adults," is the latest program offered.

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by both motor and nonmotor symptoms. It is diagnosed based on the presence of two of four motor symptoms including rest tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and gait imbalance...

    Find out about it!

  • FREE continuing education credit is available for the following session:

    "Dementia Management Update"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

    For September/October 2019 - Get Your Free CNE Now!

Older Americans Are Sicker and Face More Financial Barriers to Health Care

A survey of adults ages 65 and older in 11 countries found U.S. respondents were sicker than their counterparts in other countries and, despite universal coverage under Medicare, faced more financial barriers to health care.

The study, by Robin Osborn and colleagues from The Commonwealth Fund, found at least 1 in 8 older adults reported having three or more chronic conditions, with rates ranging from a high of 36% in the United States to a low of 13% in New Zealand.

The United States had the highest share of respondents (23%) who said that in the past year they had not visited a doctor when they were sick, had avoided a recommended medical test or treatment, had not filled a prescription, or had skipped doses, all because of cost.

For details, see Osborn et al. (2017). Older Americans were sicker and faced more financial barriers to health care than counterparts in other countries. Health Affairs, 36(12). https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2017.1048.

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